Text-only Version of Leading Ideas, April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020
Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary

Is Your Congregation a Swamp, a Reservoir, or a Canal?
Is your congregation cut off and inwardly focused? Primarily a storehouse of resources? Or a connector that brings things together? The images of swamp, reservoir, and canal can reveal the challenges and opportunities impacting your church’s vitality says F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, and James C. Logan, Chair of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship), at Wesley Theological Seminary. Read more now. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/is-your-congregation-a-swamp-a-reservoir-or-a-canal/?id=li20200422

Now is the Time to Ask Contributors to Set up Recurring Online Gifts
Recurring online gifts are the ideal way for pledgers or those who give regularly in Sunday worship to stay current with their giving during this crisis. Lovett Weems and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center outline ways to set up recurring gifts, including two methods that don’t depend on your church having an online giving portal or even a website. Read more now. http://Now is the Time to Ask Contributors to Set up Recurring Online Gifts

The Right Question
“Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions.”
Pastors and other church leaders often have greater opportunities to know what is happening in churches other than their own. Because of that, this can be a helpful question to ask occasionally.
* What innovations and initiatives that you see happening in churches like yours should you propose for consideration and discussion at your church?
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The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place
“The Adept Church” by Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. helps congregations develop realistic roadmaps for navigating between “a rock and a hard place.” The book outlines a clear process for defining a church’s current reality in order to make the strategic decisions to determine the direction it needs to go. This theologically grounded, yet practical guide is for church leaders seeking to save their churches. Learn more and order now. https://www.churchleadership.com/books/the-adept-church-navigating-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/?id=li20200422

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving
Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church’s ministry. These 50 ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity. Read and download free. https://www.churchleadership.com/50-ways/50-ways-to-encourage-faithful-giving?id=li20200422

Support the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is made possible by contributions to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership from readers like you. Thank you.
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Learn to Protect, Sustain, and Grow Your Church’s Money for Ministry
“Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money” provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, and more. Whether it’s your first time dealing with church finances or you’ve been handling them for years, this video tool kit will help you provide financial integrity and sustainability for your church, as well as expand your church’s income. Learn more and watch an introductory video now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product/protect-sustain-grow-best-practices-for-handling-your-churchs-money?id=li20200429

Quotable Leadership
“When generosity becomes just another word for increasing church funding, it will lose its ability to impact people’s lives and to develop them as disciples of Jesus Christ.” — Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard

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Adult Christian Studies for Distance Learning
To provide churches an alternative to in-person study groups during this time of social distancing, we’ve made these studies available on download: Simply Christian, Serious Answers to Hard Questions, Religion and Science, and Women Speak of God. And through April 30 we’ve reduced the price to allow more churches to benefit from distance learning. Journey Through the Psalms is also available for only $5. Learn more and download now. https://www.churchleadership.com/product-category/wesleyministrynetwork/?id=li20200422

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